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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Christopher Lee
Directors
Terence Fisher
Screenwriters
Jimmy Sangster
Running Time
82 minutes

Dracula
Hammer horror brings colour to the genre


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Plot
After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle, the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.


Verdict
By deviating from Stoker's text, Hammer was clearly signalling a new direction in horror. It was garish, it was sexy and it was never afraid to be gory. And with it's spectacular ending — in which The Count's flesh peels away and crumbles to dust when caught in the first rays of the morning sun — Dracula created one of the classic images of horror cinema.


Reviewed by Bob McCabe

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